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Àngel Planells’ Art and the Surrealist Canon

1st Edition

By Anna Vives


184 pages | 19 Color Illus. | 2 B/W Illus.

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Having been mistakenly perceived as a follower of Salvador Dalí, Catalan surrealist painter and writer Àngel Planells (1901-1989) has passed through the history of art practically unnoticed. Yet his work suggests an influence on a number of works by Dalí, proving that a fairer way to define their relationship is as an artistic dialogue. His participation in the groundbreaking International Surrealist Exhibition in London in 1936 is in itself a marker of his quality as an artist, but Planells’ contribution to surrealism is remarkable for his use of astronomy, fantastic scenes redolent of Edgar Allan Poe’s narrative as well as ludic elements and meta-pictorial techniques that contest Fascism.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Planells and Dalí: Reevaluating Their Relationship; 2. Planells: Between the Fantastic and Surrealism; 3. Planells’ Participation in Two Major Exhibitions; 4. Planells’ Interaction with War and Dictatorship; 5. Astronomy in Planells’ Paintings, Drawings and Literary Texts; Conclusion

About the Author

Anna Vives is Honorary Research Fellow in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK.

About the Series

Studies in Surrealism

Studies in Surrealism
With scholarly interest in Surrealism greater than ever, the Studies in Surrealism series serves as a forum for key areas of Surrealist inquiry today. This series extends the ongoing academic and popular interest in Surrealism, evident in recent studies that have rethought established areas of Surrealist activity and engagement, including those of politics, the object, photography, crime, and modern physics. Expanding and adding various lines of inquiry, books in the series examine Surrealism's intersections with philosophical, social, artistic, and literary themes. Potential subjects to be examined in the context of Surrealism include but are not limited to: nature; queer studies; humor and play; science; theory in the 1950s and 1960s; the New Novel; Surrealist activities beyond Paris. Proposals are welcomed for both monographs and essay collections dealing with the above subjects or with discussions of Surrealism in other aspects and genres. Monographic writings on artists and writers who have been generally overlooked by English-language scholarship (for instance, Victor Brauner, Toyen, Jorge Camacho) would also fall within the scope of this series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / Techniques / Drawing
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Individual Artists / General
ART / Individual Artists / Monographs
ART / Techniques / Oil Painting
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Subjects & Themes / Science Fiction & Fantasy
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal